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Electric Buggies Mooted As Possible Solution To Waverly Station Taxi Issue

The effect of a car ban at Edinburgh’s Waverley train station is having a profound effect on the general public with disabled passengers especially feeling the pinch. Rail officials believe that electric buggies could be the answer to this particular problem. Network Rail has been busy conjuring up ideas in order to help transport elderly and disabled passengers from a specified area in New Street that is dedicated to picking up and dropping off passengers in need.

Network Rail are adamant that vehicles must be removed from the station for security reasons. According to Edinburgh City Council, making the necessary changes to the pavements and streets surrounding the train station could cost upwards of £1 million. It is hoped that there will be lifts at the Waverly Steps and Market Street entrances within a few months. There will also be two hours worth of free disabled parking in New Street car park. In addition, 30 minutes of free parking will be permitted for passengers being picked up and dropped off. Luggage trolleys will also be located near these drop off areas.

Station officials also plan to meet certain groups such as Guide Dogs Scotland and RNIB in order to talk about the requirements of passengers who are blind. According to a spokesman for Network Rail, the company has been in contact with a number of groups regarding issues over parking, drop off and pick up zones. He said that the company recognise these issues and will be working hard to resolve them. He continued by stating that Network Rail would be developing a host of different solutions in order to make the transition stress-free and also aim to work with Edinburgh City Council in order to find a permanent solution to the problem.

Network Rail had originally planned to remove all traffic barring service vehicles by July but this has been delayed as discussions over the future of the project are ongoing. Edinburgh City Council released a report stating that road resurfacing on Market Street would cost almost £100,000. Taxi rank provision would cost approximately £150,000 while work on improving the kerbs, footway and pedestrian areas would cost in the region of £750,000. The total therefore comes to an estimated £1 million.

Source: bbc.co.uk